It’s a sickness

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Self-striping sock yarn, that is.

It’s the combination of stripes, without sewing in ends.

It’s the colours, the more the better.

It’s sock yarn, so it’s virtually blameless and guilt free.

I can’t get enough of it, I can’t say no…

Go on, I know you want some too. As a community service I will reveal that this is from Fab Funky Fibres from Etsy. I have no association, but really after showing you this, it would be cruel of me NOT to tell you where you can get some.

I’ve just passed the heel, and I’ve been swayed by Louisa’s suggestion (from Richmond Knitters) to do a solid colour for the heel, so I’ve chosen to do it in black Patonyle, the most reliable sock yarn on the face of this earth. And it looks great (in my opinion)!

If you have any secret sources for amazing self-striping yarn, I’d love to hear about it!

Blanket Love

It’s been a little quiet on the Richmond Knitters blog of late. That may have to do with things going on behind the scenes, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a busier start to the new year!

I can reveal now, that the Richmond Knitters have been working on a baby blanket for one of it’s members! In record time (less than a month) we’ve planned, crocheted, joined, blocked, bordered and wrapped a baby blanket for Jane, (not to forget the additional vest Katie made to match). I’m feeling rather chuffed and happy with the result. But more importantly, I adore everyone in our group for being so generous with their time and effort to bring this project to fruition. Truly awesome people, and I get to knit with them every Monday night, how lucky am I?

Without further ado, here are so photos of what we’ve been up to!

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We can’t wait to meet our newest little member!

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Great minds

So I may have inaccurately suggested online that Susanne was also following (read: copying) my recent knitting projects! I am a little embarrassed to read here that Susanne has in fact made 5 Debbie Bliss baby jackets… Whilst I’ve made just the one! Who’s following who hey?!

And here is mine: I’ve just sewn on the button and snap this morning. The idea to tie a knot on the button as decoration came from the owner of Buttonmania. I’ve reinforced the button somewhat, but may have to redo it altogether if Marilyn gets her fingers into it.

Who’s in for the ‘Still-light’ knit along beginning Jan 1? I’m going to need all the motivation I can get through such a mammoth project, won’t you help me out? Sharon’s giving us a head start...

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And the winner is…

I just love a competition! Thank you to all our new followers, I hope you enjoy stopping by on occasion to say ‘hi’ or just to catch up with what’s going on with the group.

I’ve done the drawing of the prize for the Cashmere Fling:

And the winner is:

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Yay!

Rest assured the Cashmere Fling will be with you very soon. Have a great weekend everyone.

How word gets around

Sitting around the table on Monday night, I was about to divulge about a weekend online purchase; someone pipes up and guesses ‘Wollmeise 8ply’, they were wrong of course. My response… ‘there’s Wollmeise 8ply?!’ Of course everyone was shocked that I didn’t know this piece of information, don’t ask me why! So now you know too, apparently Wollmeise comes in 8ply, you don’t have to thank me 🙂

Richmond Knitter or Richmond Spinner?

I never thought that I would be a spinner. Not because I thought spinners were freakier than knitters as such ::giggle::. But because I gave spinning a go a number of years ago, before Richmond Knitters even before my first Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. AND I FAILED… TERRIBLY.

I had done the guild beginner course (not that there was anything wrong with the course, I had a brilliant teacher). I got an updated tetanus shot because we were handling unwashed fleece (ergh!) and I had my MIL’s wheel on borrow. In hindsight… I blame the wheel. It was an old traditional style wheel and I don’t think it had had a sip of oil in quite some time. It was sooo damn hard to treadle, making it so hard to concentrate on drafting whilst the wheel was moving in the wrong direction. It was incredibly frustrating, I thought it was me and I thought spinning was just one of those difficult things I would never master let alone fill a bobbin.

Fast forward to the Bendigo Show where Sharon bought her first wheel (about 3 years ago). I was very jealous by the prospect (recalling my failure), nothing really beats handspun. That year I bought my first spindle. Sheesh, if Sharon can do it, I’ve got to try again! The spindle turned out to be a rubbish, read: too light and unbalanced for a beginner; so back to the guild I went where I purchased an identical Ashford heavy teaching spindle to the one Sharon had loaned me. The black electric tape around the hook still makes me smile. That is the first time I had actually spun yarn, where some drafting was involved. By now Melanie was also heavily in on the act by doing the guild course; things were getting serious.

Today my free time is divided between knitting and spinning; I still love knitting a little more than spinning, but I can’t imagine my life without it. Being able to choose beautifully dyed fibres to turn them into yarn and then resulting in a one-of-a-kind handknit is the ultimate sense of satisfaction.

Don’t get me wrong there are still plenty of non-spinners who come to Monday nights, but bit by bit the spinning bug has at least given most people a crack at spinning on a spindle. It’s wonderful to be able to share my latest skein of handspun on a Monday night by a captured audience. Best reactions to FO’s come from Melanie… always 🙂

So if you really think you’re not a spinner, give it a try, or try again, most people learn a lot faster than me.

This is my mum with her handspun, handknit shawl I made for her birthday last year.

Don’t forget, if you follow our blog before August 19th, you have a chance to win a skein of my handspun. The ‘follow’ button is at the bottom right of this window when viewing the blog on a computer.

Pink and Green and a Comp

Let me cast your memory back to this little surprise post where I was taken aback by the amazing dye job undertaken by some talented women for my birthday.
The fibre is BFL/Silk. The fibre itself was beautiful, but the colour made it all the more delicious to spin. Now I have to work out what to make it into. It’s saying ‘cowl’ or ‘mitts’ to me, any other ideas?


Announcing our first ever competition!

Become a follower to our blog and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a skein of my handspun! The fibre is IxChel’s Cashmere Fling! It was soooo soft to spin and even more delicious after it was washed. The content of Cashmere Fling is: Cashmere 5%, Tencel 40%, Glitz 40% and Bamboo 15%.

All current followers will be entered into the draw. Prize will be drawn August 19th.

Ta da!

The moment has finally arrived. In recent weeks Tony’s scarf has been completed behind the scenes. Chris used her patented blocking technique on the scarf and I have to say, it looked like a million dollars!

Some gratuitous modeled photos:

Tonight was the night of the hand-over. Poor Tony didn’t know what hit him!

So here’s how it happened. Melanie called Tony over after he had delivered one of his amazing hot chocolate drinks. She began by saying how the Richmond Knitters had been coming to Kojo’s for over 2 and a half years.

CLICK (that was me taking a photo, I am my mother’s daughter, I didn’t want to miss a thing) Tony I think was rather unsure about what was about to happen…

And then Melanie did a wonderful job of presenting Tony with the scarf and also a Richmond Knitters mug.

Thank you Tony for taking care of the Richmond Knitters each Monday and for putting up with our requests for turning the music down and turning the lights up. We truly are lucky to have such an accommodating guy.

Fun things

My first CafePress order arrived this week in time for my birthday. I’m now fully kitted out, so there can be no mistake about which SnB I frequent. I got a variety of items, so that I could judge the quality of the items before / if anyone else chose to buy from the store. I also like stuff with my knitting group’s logo on it!

When placing my order for a gi-normous mug, my dear husband said wouldn’t you like two? So you can have one for home and one for work? I do love his thoughtfulness at these times.

I love this hoody, it is light-weight and comfy and could possibly come to the gym with me in the chilly mornings of winter we’ve got coming up.

I also teamed up the pink logo, with the pink 3/4 sleeved top. I hope you all like pink! You do have a choice of other colours in the sleeves, but the logo is currently the one pictured for this top.

My most favourite item of all I think is the tote bag (badges sold separately). It is a good heavyweight canvas, perfect for carting things to knit night!

If there’s an item you want to see in the store that’s not there, I’m taking special requests. Make sure you check out the sizing guidelines for each of the clothing items if you’re going for a T-shirt etc, the sizing might vary from the sizing you’re used to. I’m bringing these things to knit night tonight, if you want to check things out.